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Tips for Surviving a Summer Pregnancy

Written by Paul Itam, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. on Jun 2, 2018 8:52:00 AM

Summer is a time to relax and enjoy the longer days and beach waves, but when you're pregnant the heat can really make you feel miserable. 

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High heat and humidity can really take a toll on pregnant women. Your body temperature is already higher than someone who isn't pregnant. This is because elevated levels of pregnancy hormone and a faster metabolism help to contribute to the increase in your core body temperature. The result is that you feel much warmer than others do. You're also more likely to sweat more, but this is a cooling mechanism that helps to control your body's temperature. By knowing ways to keep cool, you'll be able to survive the summer months much better.

Try to follow these simple tips for staying cool and good luck on a less stressful summer pregnancy!.

How to Keep Cool

  • Wear lightweight clothing made from breathable fabrics, such as cotton or other natural fibers, so you won’t get overheated. This will help to keep you cooler and prevent heat rash that can develop under your breasts and abdomen.
  • Carry a water bottle with you, preferably a water-filled squirt bottle, so you can keep yourself hydrated and mist yourself when the heat feels like it’s getting to you.
  • Exercise either early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid getting overheated.
  • Swim so you can get away from the summer sun, get some exercise in, and cool off, all at the same time. Swimming helps to take some weight off your sciatic nerve.
  • Use a sunscreen or sunblock with a high SPF. Also, avoid being out and about around high noon because pregnant women are more prone to sunburn than women who aren’t pregnant.
  • Drink at least one eight-ounce glass of water for each hour you are outdoors in the summer.
  • Use a cool, damp washcloth on the back of your neck, forehead, and the top of your head to keep your body temperature down.
  • Avoid doing any vigorous activities outdoors during the summer. Depending on your trimester, it may be best to slow your routine down and try to relax more.
  • For extremely hot days, it is best to stay indoors in an air conditioned place like your home or have some indoor fun at the mall, movie theater, or museum. It’s not worth the risk of getting overheated outdoors.
  • Most importantly, get indoors at the first sign on lightheadedness, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, or excessive thirst. Be sure to lie down and drink some water. If you still don’t feel better, call your doctor right away.

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Being pregnant during the summer doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. As long as you follow these simple tips to staying cool, you will have a less stressful summer pregnancy.

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Dr. Paul Itam is a board-certified OB/GYN at Kelsey-Seybold who cares for patients at Cypress Clinic and The Vintage Clinic. He’s a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

  

Topics: summer pregnancy tips, how to keep cool while pregnant, pregnant in the summertime

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